Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Post Day of Thanks
Monday, November 23, 2009
Is Cyclocross Hip?
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Man of Many Talents
The FAST JB exercised his body and exorcised some demons down there. He successfully finished the stage that almost killed him a few years back, and kissed the ground when he was done. If it wasn't for a few mechanicals and some wrong turns, he might of been the 1st American to ever win it.
Forever young Tinker had similar navigational problems that led to a DQ for not following the course. He got back on his magic carpet and finished the last 2 stages "off the record". He was first over the top on the toughest climb on day three.
Manny Prado, a Costa Rico native won the race, fulfilling a dream he had 6 years ago when he first entered.
The second stage featured a new climb that was an hour long at a pitch of %30. When Jeremiah says its "The toughest, steepest thing I've ever ridden", you know it's for real.
Check CyclingDirt for some awesome coverage and many, many, great interviews.
Perhaps the most compelling story was of Ben Bostrom. "BBoz" is no stranger to going fast on 2 wheels.
His motorcycle palmares include multiple AMA Championships, Superbike and Sportbike wins around the world, and even an X-Game gold medal! photo credit AlpineStars.com
This was his FIRST mountain bike race. WHAT! That's right his first mountain bike race - and he's out there mixin' it up with the best in the world. He only rides 4 months a year - when he's not racing his moto.
He won the Masters A 30-39 division with a total time that would've been good enough for a 5th in the Open division. Next year he's actually going to train for the event - WATCHOUT!.
Check this video of some BBoz craziness at LagunaSeca.
The post race interview is great. On the final pavement section of the last stage he gets his first real experience in a "pro" paceline, and learns all about the chicken wing.
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Speaking of men of many talents - Metro's post that had Christopher Walken performing Lady Gaga's Pokerface reminded me of this old Fatboy Slim video :
Friday, November 13, 2009
This Is a Test
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Nope, not a 12 or 24 hour bike race.
It's just mother nature.
Guess no ride today ........
Hmmmm, may rethink that.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Name "The Peak"
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Road Rage Justice
Rage level 1 - An uncalled for string of beeps on the horn. More than is neccessary to just let us know they're there.
Rage level 2 - Window is rolled down - Obnoxious expletive laden yells - telling us to get off the road, or we don't belong there , or whatever.
Rage lvl 3 - Threats of physical harm - "I oughta run you off the road"
Rage lvl 4 - Attempts at physical harm - by swerving the car, or throwing things out the window. (Warning to anyone who might try this - Don't throw things at cyclists on a large group ride when on a road with traffic lights, especially within sprinting range of KJ - You will pay the price)
Rage lvl 5 - This is serious, and justice was served this week in a case in California :
A brief synopsis :
- Driver frequents a hilly road that is also enjoyed by cyclists.
- Through the years he grows tired of seeing them and his rage eventually builds to lvl 5
- He attempts to teach 2 cyclists a lesson (not the first time he's tried this) by passing them, swerving in front of them and slamming on his brakes.
- One cyclist goes smashes into the car and the rear window, looses some teeth and almost looses his nose in the process.
- The enraged motorists first words to the arriving police officer "I wanted to teach them a lesson".
- The motorist is - (soon to be was) an emergency room physician.
He was found guilty of six felony counts. After the verdict he was DENIED bail.
No one is the winner here. But lets hope this sends a message to everyone.
Monday, November 02, 2009
It's That Time of Year.....
Friday at the shiny coin :
Leaves are fallin all around....
There was a trail here somewhere
Which way did it go?
Found a shoulderless friend guarding the way
I've watched enough AnimalChannel to know this isn't a welcoming pose
So I helped him off the trail with a handy snake stick.
Before I could remount and clip in I saw he'd repositioned for a better view